I have just returned from three days in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The scenes are shocking and dispiriting. While approximately a million Floridians temporarily lost their electricity last week, I would say that more than ten million Haitian citizens lost much, much more when the storm passed over the island the week
If you admitted that you know little to nothing about the geopolitics of the Caribbean you wouldn’t be alone. Most Americans don’t. The same might be said about the United States government. For over 200 years, successive American administrations have intervened in this region, and their track record indicates they, too, find the geopolitics of
The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate. According to the indicators compiled by Reporters Without Borders,
Haiti’s Parliament Dissolves. Though the International press has, inexplicably, under reported Haiti’s present political crisis, it has been confirmed that Haiti’s Parliament has been dissolved and that President Martelly is presently ruling by decree. This is a highly explosive situation and armed conflicts seem inevitable. As a result, I have cancelled all but one of
“When will the dead be left in peace?” This question was repeatedly asked of me by closest colleagues, (and others around us), as we witness yet another display of ignorance and political opportunism at the ceremonial mass grave site in Titanyen. While at the time I was to angry to allow words to escape
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Jerusalem Earlier today, as Haiti’s citizens and the international community awaited word regarding the government potential collapse at midnight, I participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Jerusalem resettlement camp. The ceremony was designed to celebrate the unprecedented cooperation (and result!) between two historically opposing groups. Of course, Haiti
In November of 2014, as I found myself navigating Haiti’s treacherous political waters, I had this to say: “I have always gone to great lengths to avoid involving myself in Haitian politics, or in the geopolitics that permeates this vulnerable nation. That said, sometimes it is necessary to walk an uneasy path as one
Unlike any of my previous trips to Haiti over the last 5 years, as I prepare to board my plane I am more anxious that normal and unsure as to what challenges or types of situations (riots, collapse of the government) await my arrival. I guess a country in crisis and teetering on the edge
In the midst of the chaos and turmoil Haiti is presently experiencing, HR&DC is proud to report a first in Haiti’s 210 year history. In the middle of the country’s most volatile area, without state or international funds, a group of unlikely colleagues (landowners and resettlement camp residents) have joined forces to construct a
Though the activities of the last 7 days are worthy of reiteration and elaboration, unfortunately, the reality of my present state of mind, body and soul warrants the healing property that only silence can deliver. With that being said, thank you for all of the prayers and well-wishes that have been sent my way.
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